the grace of wild things

After some failed and frustrating attempts to escape the previous two days from my busy teaching schedule and daily chores, I FINALLY made it to the conference! (by the way, to those who are used to taking the train – FGC and getting off at Reina Elisenda, know that’s it’s out of order until July 30 and you have to descend in Sarria, its relatively close, maybe 7 minutes waking from this station to the conference venue).

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I arrived just in time for Anastasis Koutsogiannis class (Zorba Yoga). I must say I was really looking to practicing with him. I first met Anastasis in the Geneva Yoga Festival four years ago, I was straightaway fascinated by his authentic, laid back attitude and fun personality. Today, he gave us an introduction to his teaching style explaining that “Zorba the Greek” was his inspiration, a character that is free, rebel, crazy but at the same time a man of weak points, the same as all of us yet filled with generosity. He also explained that he had been a dancer for many years, just as Zorba and that later he had experienced with massage, martial arts and dao yin and that his style of teaching was based on his experience and what felt good for him to practice putting together all this knowledge.

He later guided us through a series of warm up exercises for the upper body including many spiral movements that aim at working not only with the muscles, but also the fascia… mmm felt so good to move like that. He continued to emphasize during our flow how important it is to keep our spines healthy through conscious movement and to develop awareness in our roots to be able to create opening in the upper body. The flow was a mixture of motion and moments of stillness to process and digest the areas of the body that were being worked and mobilized.

The class was truly a blast lit up by Anastasis´playfulness and the reminder to tap back into the grace of wild things…

You can still join his last class tomorrow at 8am! Don´t miss it!

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